Bowie’s Day Breaks at 1


David Bowie’s well-received twenty-fourth studio album ‘The Next Day’ debuts at the top of this week’s Irish Album Chart – his first Irish No1 album since the 1980’s and his first new material since ‘Reality’ and ‘Heathen’ which both reached No6 in 2003 and 2002 respectively.

With Emeli Sandé dipping to No2 after five weeks on top with ‘Our Version Of Events’, Bon Jovi claim the next new entry at No3 with ‘What About Now’. This is their first Top 3 album since 2000 when ‘Crush’ reached No3, although the intervening four studio albums (‘The Circle’, ‘Lost Highway’, ‘Have A Nice Day’ and ‘Bounce’) all made the Top 10. There’s evidence of a Mother’s Day effect outside the Top 10, with both Andrea Bocelli and Andre Rieu making significant gains – ‘Passione’ is up from No19 to No13 and ‘The Collection’ climbs from No25 to No17. Two more newcomers just make this week’s Top 30: John Grant’s second album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ comes in at No29 and Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ soundtrack is new at No30.

Passenger takes a third week at No1 on the Irish Singles Chart with ‘Let Her Go’, heading a Top 5 unchanged since last week. Justin Timberlake moves into the Top Ten after five weeks taking ‘Mirrors’ up to No7 from No14 while the highest new entry of the week is at No9 for Nicole Scherzinger with ‘Boomerang’, her seventh Top 30 single in Ireland (as lead artist). Of the previous six, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ is the most successful to date, peaking at No4. The final new entry in this week’s Top 30 is at No22 for Calvin Harris with ‘I Need Your Love’ (feat. Ellie Goulding) – remarkably the eighth hit single from his ‘18 Months’ album.

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